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Language Professionals’ Networking Event is back again in June 2020.

Date: Friday 26th June, 6.30pm onwards – London, UK time
Location: Online. The comfort of your home

In the times we are in, community spirit is more important than ever. Join us online for this a thought-provoking short talk followed by networking and great conversations.

We’ll also have opportunities to discuss our challenges in a private, supportive environment.

Programme and agenda:

➡️ 18.30: The virtual doors open. Grab a drink and join us.
➡️ 18.35: Welcome by Gabriella Ferenczi
➡️ 18.40: Yelena McCafferty: Language Freelancers at the Time of Change
➡️ 19.10: 30-second intro pitches
➡️ 19.20 onwards: Structured networking, exchange of contact details, drinks, great conversations

About this month’s talk:

Language Freelancers at the Time of Change

Companies are increasingly hiring inhouse staff for their language requirements, but freelance work is still out there

Is there still business for independent full-time translators now that British companies prefer to hire staff with foreign language skills? What languages are in demand most?

Yelena McCafferty, an award-winning Russian interpreter and translator will explore these issues with specific examples from UK companies advertising multilingual positions. 

Having staff who can speak other languages doesn’t always mean companies will never need to use independent language specialists. Yelena will look at some situations where engaging a freelancer is appropriate and necessary. 

The COVID-19 situation has left no industry unaffected and while some linguists have experienced no change in their workload, for others work has dried up. What can linguists do to survive in these challenging circumstances? We look at how some of us have adopted to new ways of staying in business. 

About the speaker:

Yelena McCafferty is a qualified translator and interpreter and runs Talk Russian, a specialist language business which she started in 2002. She holds a Winner of Best Performance on an Interpreting Assignment Award by the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. In 2017 she also received a special commendation as an Industry Ambassador. Over the years Yelena has appeared as a language expert contributor in various radio programmes, including the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 to promote high standards of interpreting. You can find Yelena on LinkedIn

Date: Friday 26th June, 6.30pm onwards, London UK time
Location: The comfort of your home

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Host Gabriella Ferenczi explains here more:

More about the 30-second intro pitches:

Everyone who’d like to participate will have the chance to introduce themselves in 30 seconds flat.

Why 30 seconds? Isn’t it too short? – No!

✅ It’s the optimum length to grab people’s attention.
✅ It’s powerful and respects everyone’s time.
✅ It’s a way to share your expertise and credentials quickly and effectively with people who don’t know you.
✅ When people approach you after the pitch, you’ll have the chance to explain more to those who would like to find out more about you.

What’s the best format for a 30-second intro pitch?

There are multiple ways to tackle an elevator pitch. There isn’t one single recipe, so experiment and see what works best for you. You might want to kick off with a short (perhaps creative, slightly unusual) intro of what you do, share some of your skills, mention your recent successes, and don’t forget to ask a question if you need help and want to be introduced to someone.

You can do this in 4 powerful sentences, less than 30 seconds. Those who’d like to find out more about you will certainly want to connect with you afterwards and that’s where you’ll have the chance to share more about yourself.

As this will be an online event, there’s no need to prepare business cards, however you’ll have the opportunity to exchange contact details and have private conversations with participants.

Join fellow language professionals on the evening, and join in the lively discussions.


Tickets are now available via Eventbrite.

NEW: Tickets are offered on a Pay What You Can basis, including a Free option for those who cannot afford more at this difficult time. Each Pay What You Can ticket includes a donation to support the pioneering research work of Moorfields Eye Charity, making a difference for patients at Moorfields Eye Hospital and for people with sight problems around the world. Every little helps.


Come along, be part of this initiative, and enjoy an evening with like-minded language professionals.

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